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Conference gathers airport, fire officials

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by Janjeera Hail

Guam - Today marked the first day of the Western Pacific Airport Directors and Fire Chiefs Conference, being held at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.  This year's theme is "Airport/Fire Service in the Pacific - Strengthening Our Island Resources". Today's presenters covered topics ranging from training to real-life disasters. 

Accreditation manager Frederick Piechota discussed the significance of certification and professional qualifications standards, saying, "The benefit certainly is to have them understand the resources that are available to them in a diverse geographical region such as this, and to know that there are opportunities particularly from the certification capability that might be offered to their fire officers and firefighters to become accredited and to become certified."

Guam International Airport Authority executive manager Mary Torres says the 25 participants at the conference can not only gather resources, but also share best practices and draw on strengths and regional resources.  The conference is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and continues tomorrow.

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